So – antioxidants. We hear this ‘buzz word’ thrown around the health community a lot these days, but you may struggle to think of an explanation for what antioxidants are and what they do. Put as simply as possible, antioxidants are exactly what their name suggests – they are anti-oxidising. Oxidation, whilst a perfectly normal chemical process that takes part in our bodies each day, doesn’t always lead to desirable consequences when aggravated and increased by factors such as drug consumption (cigarettes, alcohol etc) and stress.
When oxidation is accelerated, free radicals form which may lead to cell damage – and if free radicals react with other molecules such as DNA the cell can die, potentially triggering the early stages of illnesses such as cancer and heart disease. Even if the outcome isn’t as severe, many health complications can arise as a result of free radicals and the bottom line is that to be healthier and happier, combatting this damage is best done sooner rather than later.
But how can you prevent free radical damage? The answer is antioxidants! The series of damaging reactions caused by free radicals can be safely ‘interrupted’ by antioxidants meaning that your cells can be protected before any long-term harm is done. Your body does have its own form of defence against its cells being attacked, but there are also active choices that you can make to increase and strengthen your ‘barrier’ against free radical damage such as…
Incorporating Minvita into your diet
Many of the products in our fantastic Superfoods range are naturally high in antioxidants, making them the perfect addition to your diet. Our 100% organic Baobab Superfruit Powder, for example, contains six times the antioxidants of blueberries – impressive stuff, right? And it couldn’t be simpler to begin fighting those nasty free radicals either – simply purchase here then check out our helpful blog post ‘5 Ways To Fit Baobab Into Your Lifestyle‘ to get started.
Another way to supply your body with more antioxidants is to sprinkle a tablespoon of our Chia Superfood Seeds onto the morning fuel of choice – whether it be cereal, granola, porridge, yoghurt or a smoothie, chia seeds go perfectly with a variety of breakfasts and are packed full of antioxidants, which not only help to keep the chia seeds fresh but to keep your cells fresh, too! Check out our latest recipe ‘Strawberry & Chia Pre-Workout Smoothie‘ for more chia-inspiration.
More good news! Mulberries – the fruit, leaves and stem – are antioxidant-rich. Our Mulberry Superfood Powder contains resveratrol, an antioxidant thought to help to protect the body from chronic illness, minimise the negative effects of an unhealthy lifestyle, reduce inflammation and limit the spread of cancerous cells. For four other health benefits of mulberries, take a look at ‘5 Amazing Health Benefits of Mulberries‘ to learn more.
Ensure that you’re including a variety of as many different coloured fruits and vegetables as possible into your diet – we call it ‘eating the rainbow’ – and introduce your cells to the free radical-fighting power of Minvita and your body will thank you for it, both now and in the future.